War has been going on in Ukraine for 100 days

Bitter milestone: For 100 days Ukraine has had to defend itself against Russian attacks. NATO fears that the war in Eastern Europe will continue for a long time. The developments at a glance:

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For now 100 days the war of aggression unleashed by Russia has been raging in Ukraine.

At the same time, Ukrainian troops continue to defend themselves against the loss of the city of Sievjerodonetsk in the east, where Russian troops are advancing with their superior firepower. According to the Ukrainian military, they are still holding positions in the heavily contested city of Sievjerodonetsk, the administrative center of the Luhansk region in eastern Ukraine. “Fighting continues in the center of Sievjerodonetsk,” the Ukrainian General Staff said in its situation report. The enemy is shelling the Ukrainian positions in the city, in the suburbs of Borivsk and Ustynivka, and in the twin city of Lysychansk, which forms a conurbation with Sieverodonetsk.

Sixth package of EU sanctions against Russia adopted

The 27 EU countries have decided on the sixth sanctions package against Russia. This was announced by the EU states on Friday. The sanctions package includes a far-reaching oil embargo against Russia. In addition, among other things, the largest Russian bank, Sberbank, will be excluded from the financial communications network Swift and several Russian news channels will be banned in the EU. After the formal decision, the sanctions should be published in the Official Journal of the EU on Friday. Then they are in force.

The economically particularly relevant boycott against oil deliveries from Russia aims to stop oil from entering the EU by sea in the coming year. Only Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic are still allowed to import Russian oil via the Druzhba pipeline due to their high level of dependence. According to Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the EU will purchase around 90 percent less oil from Russia by the end of the year, despite the exception for pipeline deliveries. According to estimates by the EU think tank Bruegel, until recently, EU countries gave about 450 million euros a day for oil from Russia and 400 Millions for gas from Russia.

Russia should take Luhansk region in a few weeks

According to estimates by British intelligence services, Russia now controls more than 90 percent of the Luhansk region in Ukraine. It is likely that Moscow will take full control there in the next two weeks, according to an update from the British Ministry of Defense. These tactical advances, achieved by concentrating Russian troops in a single region, have cost Moscow significant resources, it said. On all other fronts the Russians failed to make any progress. Instead, they are now on the defensive there.

The balance sheet for 90. War Day

Russian troops marched into 3620 towns in Ukraine, 1017 were liberated from them, said Zelenskyy. “More 2603 will be freed.” Twelve million Ukrainians are fleeing the country; five million abroad. Russia has lost over 30.000 soldiers, Zelenskyy claimed. Western experts also suspect heavy Russian losses, but consider the Kiev figures to be too high.

“Our resistance is unbroken after all these months. The enemy has not achieved the goals it has set itself,” said Deputy Defense Minister Hanna Maljar. “We are ready for a long-term war.” She praised the fact that the “dynamics of arms deliveries” from the West are picking up speed. For security reasons, she did not provide any information on the time and place of the deliveries. Ukraine wants to stop the advance of Russian troops and liberate occupied cities with heavy weapons from the USA and Germany, among others. Zelenskyy especially thanked the USA for the commitment to send the most modern Himar-type multiple rocket launchers.

Will the war last much longer?

While there were still negotiations between Moscow and Kyiv in the first weeks of the war, these have been on hold since the atrocities committed against the civilian population in Bucha and other places near Kyiv. Selenskyj does not want to negotiate again until Russia is on the borders of 000. February retires.

“Wars are inherently unpredictable,” said NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg after a meeting with US President Joe Biden and his national security adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington. “That’s why we just have to be prepared for a long distance.” The conflict has become a war of attrition, with both sides paying a heavy price on the battlefield. Most wars ended at the negotiating table. That will probably happen in this case too, said Stoltenberg. It is the task of the NATO allies to support Ukraine in order to achieve the best possible outcome for the country. (dpa)

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